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Sixes Wild is a series of furry Westerns by Tempe O'Kun featuring the gunslinging hare Six Shooter, her father's silver guns, and the flying fox sheriff Jordan Blake.

Things get complicated when she robs the crooked lion Tanner Hayes and stumbles upon the secret her daddy died for.

The novel Manifest Destiny came out in 2011, followed by short story collection Echoes and a one-issue comic The Bluff.

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  • Ancestral Weapon: Six carries her daddy's six-shooters, which carry a trace of his echo with them.
  • Carnivore Confusion: There are non-sapient animals, but Hayes occasionally goes off on hunts like a feral.
  • The Cult: Hayes runs one out of his mine, aided by the ore's effects.
  • Dating Catwoman: Okay, Six is technically an outlaw, which makes her relationship with Sheriff Blake a bit complicated.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hayes tends to think of "prey" species as beneath him.
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  • First-Person Smartass: Six's chapters.
  • Hates Wearing Dresses: At one point in Manifest Destiny Six and Blake are sneaking into a party hosted by Hayes and some of their compatriots offer a dress for one of them to pose as the other's date. Blake ends up in the dress.
  • Insistent Terminology: The non-anthropomorphic equines characters ride are "ponies", "horse" refers solely to the anthropomorphic ones.
  • Interspecies Romance: Six (hare) and Blake (fruit bat).
  • Living Memory: The mirror ore from Hayes' mine carries "echoes" of its owners, which some people are sensitive to. Unfortunately prolonged exposure to the ore seems to have a deliritous effect on cognition. When its revealed that Six's guns she inherited from her father have ore shards in them it explains a lot.
  • The Man Behind the Man: After Hayes' plan to use the ore to take over the town is derailed by Six blowing up his mine, one of his lieutenants runs off with most of what he'd mined, and Mei Xiu is also shown to have been using him to study the ore for her own reasons.
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  • Mistaken Identity: One of Hayes' miners mis-identifies Six as her father, Jasper Haus, leading to a bounty on a hare who's been dead for years.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only character to refer to Six by her real name, Clarabelle, is her father's echo.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Hare, technically, but Six certainly fits the "trickster bunny" archetype.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: In one story Six and Blake go to a Stag Dance, the one time Six wears a dress instead of trying to pass for a buck she's posing as a buck pretending to be a doe.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Six tends to prefer folk think she's a buck instead of a doe, they take her more seriously that way.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Chapters in Manifest Destiny switch between Six (indicated by twin revolvers at the chapter header), Blake (sheriff's star), and Tanner Hayes (bag of coins). With Mei Xiu for the last chapter.
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